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The Paradox of Agile Leadership: Doing Versus Being Agile

I've lately been doing many leadership session with leadership teams in Indonesia. Usually such session is a 'first step' in creating awareness of what Agile means to an organization. Without leadership support (and a little push), enterprises cannot become agile. In doing such sessions I encounter a fundamental paradox: while Agile is to a high extent 'abstract' and about 'changing…

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Breaking Rules

The first decade of my working life, I built my own company. I started out without anyone else and step by step moved things forward. I could do what I wanted. Together with the first people I hired, we created a set of value that defined our culture. We created processes and guidelines. As the company grew, people started making…

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How To Become An Enterprise Startup?

There are days when I wake up and think 'I don't want to hear the word Agile anymore'. And there are days when I think 'wow, there's so much potential in the change agile is bringing to companies'. My personal belief is that it's not about 'Agile'. This is a buzzword that people buy in to (which is great, because…

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Measure And Metrics In An Agile Enterprise

On January 16th, at Allianz office, Joerg Sauer, Head of Application Development at Allianz Indonesia discussed his views on metrics in agile. The key focus of the discussion was how well the teams play when they move to an agile environment, working iteratively delivering value. Based on Joerg's expertise knowledge he shared the metrics that work best. Check out few snaps…

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Keeping One Ambitious & Self Motivated – Ekipa Reinvented

Ekipa, a platform which taught me to become self motivated, self driven and take up challenges as it comes, and I feel my co-workers too feel the same way. We never wish to pull ourselves away from situations which are difficult to handle, rather find out the best way to get it done. From being an online marketplace of IT services…

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The Power of Self Managed Teams

My mother often tells me a story from my youth. When I was a couple years old, in kindergarten, I had to close my jacket. Somehow I figured that someone else could do that for me, so I asked a small girl to close my zip. And she did, with my mum watching the scene. I've repeated that quite often…

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Self-Managed Teams: Why And How To Run An Effective Stakeholders Management?

It can be challenging for transforming corporate organizations to accept existence of self-organizing teams, and not even talking about self-managed teams. I’ve been lucky enough to be able to work as part of a self-managed team (team of Agile coaches) in a corporate environment. It’s been quite a journey and there are many elements that a self-managed team needs to…

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Why Scrum Is Great AND Limiting?

Scrum brought agile mainstream. The agile manifesto may have remained obscure if scrum hadn't come about. Scrum translates the message of the manifesto into something tangible. It's easy for people to learn how to 'do scrum'. It is hard for people to learn how to 'be agile'. Scrum is a cash cow. The certification business is lucrative. Because agile has…

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Give Them What They Need, Not What They Are Asking For.

As an Agile Coach, I often come across situations when a team member, leader or an entire team reaches out to me asking for a very specific tactical support. I hear things like: “I believe our team has lack of psychological safety so we would like to ask you to deliver training on psychological safety for us.” or “I spoke…

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